A coronavirus nurse was set alight by her ex-boyfriend before she "held onto him" while engulfed in flames, resulting in both their deaths.
The nurse, identified as Chinnari, had just returned home from work at a Covid-19 care centre when her ex allegedly poured kerosene on her and set her on fire.
Nagabushanam has been named as the accused man who set her ablaze in India on Monday night.
He later succumbed to his injuries in hospital after suffering severe burns as she held on to him as she burned.
The 24-year-old nurse and Nagabushnam, 25, had been in a relationship for two years, before the nurse was forced to break up with him due to her parents, the Times of India reports.
They had a heated argument and when he became angry, he threw the oil over her it has been claimed.
According to cops, Nagabushnam brought a can of kerosene with him when going to meet Chinnari.
After the couple broke off their two year relationship, it has been alleged by locals he stalked her and pestered her to elope with him.
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Chinnari and her parents then filed a case for harassment against him, and he had been summoned by the police for questioning and had also been given a warning.
However, local news reports Chinnari eventually withdrew her complaint and asked police to make sure he does not interfere in her life.
This angered Nagabushnam, and he allegedly arrived to meet her with the intention to take her life, reports The News Minute.
After dousing Chinnari on fire, she tragically died on the spot, however Nagabushnam was taken to Guntur Government General Hospital with 80% burns, where he later died.
Speaking to The News Minute, the Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) M Ramesh said: "As she refused to engage in a conversation with him, he poured petrol on her and set her on fire. The girl died soon. He, too, had suffered burn injuries."
When asked about actions taken after a complaint had been filed by the victim, he said: "The police officials did everything required when she reached out to us. However, she later wanted to withdraw her complaint."
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